Speed Awareness Day

Speed LimitTurk’s Collision Repair in Minooka is passing along an announcement about today’s Speed Awareness Day from The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.

On July 25th, 2018 Police Join Forces with Agencies Statewide for 2018 Illinois Speed Awareness Day Campaign.

Simply put, the mission of Illinois Speed Awareness Day is to prevent deaths, tragedies, and reduce injuries on our highways due to excessive speeding.

According to IDOT, in 2014: There were 296,049 crashes involving motor vehicles. Crashes involving SPEED accounted for 32.4% of overall crashes, 34.9% of fatal crashes, and 37.4% of injury crashes. But, consider this; is not speed a factor in every crash? Speed is indeed a factor in every crash. It just depends on to what extent in terms of property damage, severity of injuries, and the number of fatalities. Remember, speeding is exceeding the posted speed limits AND/OR driving too fast for conditions.

During Illinois Speed Awareness Day this July 25th, law enforcement is taking a proactive approach to promote safety for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists through both education and enforcement. In Illinois during 2016, speed was the reason for 34.2% of all fatal crashes. That’s 369 deaths for the year, or one life every 23.7 hours. These lives can be easily saved by being aware of our speed and understanding how speeding impacts a crash.

In rural areas, speeding can have the following consequences:
Crash severity increases with the speed of the vehicle at impact resulting in more severe injuries.
37% of the speed-related crashes result in injuries.
When speeding there is a greater chance that other road users will misjudge how fast you are traveling.
Speeding extends the distance required to stop a vehicle in emergency situations.
A 1% decrease in travel speed reduces injuries by about 2%, a serious crash by 3% & a fatal crash by 4%.
Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to navigate safely around curves or farm machinery on the roadway.

Let’s all do our part by taking a proactive approach to prevent fatalities and reduce injuries on the roadways by being aware of our speed and obeying the speed limit signs ALL the time. If you would like more information about Illinois Speed Awareness Day, please visit www.illinoisspeedawarenessday.org.

If you’ve been involved in a collision and require auto body repairs, contact Turk’s Collision Repair Minooka.